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Revisiting 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Silent Episode, 21 Years Later

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Revisiting 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Silent Episode, 21 Years Later

Welcome to Retro Recaps, where we revisit your favorite old shows and give them the modern recap treatment that they always deserved. Caution: snark ahead.

I have never read a Harry Potter book, I have never purposefully listened to a One Direction song, and, much to the consternation of every Millennial gay I have ever met, I have never watched an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s funny because fantasy with strong female protagonists is usually my jam. Just ask Netflix, which is still trying to convince me that I really need to finish Warrior Nun. (I really do!)

I totally would have watched Buffy, but when it was originally on in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, I was in college and then freshly graduated. I was busy being young and not being able to afford a funky, new-fangled TiVo device.

Then I just never bothered to go back, particularly when people with the full Buffy box set on an IKEA shelf in their living rooms would say, “You have never watched Buffy? But it’s soooo good.” There must be a German word for “That feeling when people keep recommending a TV show to you and you’re sure it’s good but the more you hear about how good it is the less likely you are to watch it.” It’s probably Fridaynightlightsenfreude.

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